In This Issue

Thanks to our Holiday Social Sponsors!

Board of Directors
Eclipse Awards International

Barrick Gold Corporation

Sunrise Soya Foods

G&F Financial Group

Bruce Carscadden Architect

Les Amis du Fromage

Patricia Hotel

Ecotrust Canada

My Loud Speaker Advertising
SBIA Office

t: 604.258.2727 
f: 604.258.2723

1222 East Hastings Street

general inquiries: 
Joji Kumagai
Executive Director
Sam Hamilton
Member Services & Administration
Meg O'Shea
Sustainability Coordinator
Johanna Vortel
Resource Park
Site Coordinator
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Service Contact Information
Mobile Community Watch: 604.685.0011


Graffiti Removal: 604.253.4469 or


Compost & Recycling Program: 604.258.2727 or


Vancouver Police Non-Emergency: 604.717.3321


Needle Pick-up: 604.657.6561

City of Vancouver Lane Debris Clean Up:  

Call 311

Upcoming SBIA Events



Start collecting your old electronics now for the SBIA e-waste drive. If you would like to participate or need more information, please contact the SBIA office (604-258-2727).

The SBIA will sort and distribute donations. Used electronics and computer equipment will be given to Free Geek to refurbish and donate to non-profits and other groups in need, or delivered to an appropriate recycling facility.

Dates TBA.


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Textile Drive

Spring 2014
- The SBIA, along with with Boardroom Eco Apparel and Ray-Cam Cooperative Centre, will hold a textile drive to collect used clothing, bedding, curtains, rags, and other textiles.

Any clean useable clothing or bedding will be donated to Ray-Cam; unusable clothing and other textiles (curtains, rags, shoes, etc.) will be recycled into raw material and used in Boardroom Eco Apparel's closed loop apparel manufacturing.

More information about the textile drive will be available soon. 

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DTES LAP Learning Sessions


Click Here for dates.

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Members' LAP Forum


12 - 2pm -Thursday, February 20 - Pink Pearl Restaurant, 1132 East Hastings.
See main section for details.

Agro Café has re-opened!   

Stop by and have some lunch or grab a coffee!   


All coffee is roasted in-house. You can also buy beans or ground coffee to enjoy at home or at work.


Find Agro Cafe at  550 Clark Drive
(Clark & Frances).


Program Stats 2013

Graffiti Tags Removed: 2,656  

Mobile Community Watch Hours: 6,800   

Street and Lane cleaning:1,800


Waste Diverted:  

Organics: 20,862.8 kg
Soft Plastics: 1,267.1 kg  

Mixed Containers: 21,280.6 kg 

Snow at the Resource Park

Touring City Farmer

Now that 2014 is in full swing, please take a moment to read up on a very successful 2013 Holiday Social, welcome our new Resource Park Coordinator Johanna Vortel, and find out more about upcoming events and initiatives.  


Please note that we will be hosting a members' forum on February 20, when the City will present the draft local area plan (LAP) and take questions from SBIA members. It's a very important opportunity to talk to the City about the plan and how it will impact Strathcona. Read more about the session and how to register below.  


The Board of Directors and staff wish you a wonderful and prosperous 2014!

Holiday Social 2013



On Wednesday, December 11, 2013, the Strathcona BIA held its Annual Holiday Social at Chapel Arts. The event saw a turnout of over 75 people and was a great opportunity for business owners, community stakeholders and SBIA partner organizations to network and build relationships.


We would like to thank the following generous member businesses and partner organizations for providing donations to the event:


Boardroom Ecoapparel, Floral & Hardy Edible Plants, G&F Financial Group, Securiguard, Sunrise Soya Foods, and The Butler Did It Catering Co.


Thank you to everyone who attended and we look forward to working with you in 2014!  

Succulents growing in the living walls, SBIA Resource Park
Introducing Johanna Vortel


Johanna Vortel is excited to be the new Resource Park Coordinator at the Strathcona BIA. She is a recent graduate from UBC's Human Geography program, where she pursued interests in urban studies and resource management.


Johanna Vortel, Resource Park Coordinator

"The chance to dive into hands-on composting was what really drew me to this job," she says. "Let's face it; being able to call yourself a professional composter is pretty awesome. So you can imagine my excitement when I landed the position. Since starting at the SBIA, I've realized this job will be so much more than composting organics. In two short months, I've already had the chance to meet

many dedicated Strathcona business and community members who work to make this a vibrant and sustainable community."


Johanna thinks the Resource Park is a remarkable example of the unique ideas surrounding sustainability and business in Strathcona. She's impressed by the way the Park leads the way for small-scale closed loop waste management, and at the same time, connects so many different groups in the community. As the Resource Park Coordinator, she hopes both to deepen those connections and to make new ones, whether it is through helping new members benefit from the waste collections program or through educational outreach to youth and community groups.


You may spot her riding around the neighbourhood on her bike (she recently graduated from fair-weather rider to year-round commuter after finally buckling down and investing in some waterproof MEC gear...) or eating in one of the area's many restaurants. She looks forward to meeting many more community members in the upcoming months.


City Council struck the Downtown Eastside (DTES) Local Area Planning Process (LAPP) in January 2011; its goal was to create a comprehensive plan for the DTES.


A draft plan is now complete, and a summary is available in English and in Chinese. The full plan is also available.


The Strathcona BIA holds one of the 30 seats on the committee and has actively participated in over 40 committee meetings and 20 subcommittee meetings and workshops the past two years. Our Board has also convened additional meetings over the course of the LAPP to discuss and deliberate on key emerging policies and meet with City staff. The last opportunity for public input was in the summer of 2013, when the Emerging Directions document was released.  


We are looking forward to hearing your thoughts on the draft plan at the upcoming special SBIA Members' Forum. DTES senior planner Tom Wanklin and his staff will provide an update on key issues including the local economy, housing, and built form and will take questions from the audience. 


The forum will take place Thursday, February 20 at the Pink Pearl Restaurant, 1132 East Hastings. It runs from 12:00 to 2:00 pm. Lunch starts at 12:00 pm and the City of Vancouver presentation follows.

Register at, email, or call the SBIA office at 604.258.2727 for more information.


RSVP by Tuesday, February 18. 

LAPP Learning Sessions

The City of Vancouver will also be holding learning sessions in the next two weeks. The learning sessions are an opportunity to find out more about the proposed plan, ask City staff questions and for you to provide your thoughts.


Each learning session will begin with a brief presentation from City staff. A question and answer session will follow.


Due to room capacity limits, you will need to register in advance, either  online or by calling 604-871-6168. For more information, please see the website.


The sessions take place on the following dates:

Tuesday, February 4, from 5 - 7pm: *Chinese Cultural Centre, 50 East Pender Street


Wednesday, February 5, from 5 - 7pm: Woodward's, 111 West Hastings Second Floor, W2 Room


Thursday, February 6, from 2:30 - 4:30pmCarnegie Community Centre, 401 Main Street


Saturday, February 8, from 10am -12pm*Ray-Cam Community Centre, 920 East Hastings Street


* Chinese language service available


If you have any questions, please contact the SBIA at 604-258-2727. 

  Winter kale at the Resource Park
Community Relations Committee Update

2013 was a big year for the Community Relations committee (CRC) - so much so that the committee received a new name (it was formerly Government Relations & Safety). It will focus on maximizing relationships with our many community partners to create more dialogue and strengthen our initiatives.


Last year saw the creation of the Mobile Community Watch and the continuation of such long-standing programs as graffiti removal and street and lane debris cleanup.  


The CRC will also be soliciting members' feedback on new initiatives they are looking to implement later in 2014.    

Mobile Community Watch - 604-685-0011

Graffiti Removal: 604-253-4469 or


When calling or emailing about any SBIA programs/ services please identify yourself as a Strathcona BIA member.


Marketing & Communications Committee Update

Over the past year, the Marketing & Communications Committee has been moving full steam ahead with an ambitious marketing campaign that will help raise awareness of Strathcona and promote the area as the place for independent businesses to thrive.  


The campaign will launch this summer and will feature resource materials and a tour of industrial businesses, among other initiatives. If you operate a business in the industrial lands and are interested in participating in the tour, or if you can help us spread the word, please contact Sam.

News from the Green Zone

Urban Tree Nursery Update

Implementing the Urban Tree Nursery project has been a goal of the Strathcona and Hastings Crossing BIAs for a number of years. Semi-permanent planters will be installed at various locations along the Hastings corridor between Main Street and Campbell Avenue, crossing the boundary between the two business improvement areas.  


Young trees will grow in the planters for three to five years before they are auctioned off (raising money to ensure the initiative is ongoing) and are replaced by new saplings. Businesses near the planters will be invited to commit to caring for the trees as they grow, providing watering in the summer and removing litter from the planters.The Urban Tree Nursery will enliven our neighbourhood with extra greenery, provide much-needed shade in the hot months, and create new habitat for songbirds and helpful insects.


Currently, Meg, our Sustainability Coordinator, is researching different types of planters and sourcing specific species of trees that will grow well in our urban environment. Planters and trees will be installed in 2014.  


If your business is interested in caring for a tree or sponsoring a planter, contact Meg to get involved. This project is generously supported by the City of Vancouver's Downtown Eastside Capital Funds program.


SBIA Compost and Recycling Collection Service 


The SBIA offers members collection of mixed hard containers, soft clear plastic and organic waste. Cost is $5 per pick up plus cost of biodegradable bags. Contact Meg at or 604-258-2727 to enroll or get more information.
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